Tips For Navigating The Lighting Aisle


Lumens. Watts. Bulbs. Shapes. Sizes. Colors. Considering all of these different options it’s no wonder homeowners and renters alike tend to get overwhelmed when they turn down the lighting aisle. Need to go shopping for new bulbs? It’s actually much simpler than you may have thought. See below to find out everything you need to know:

light bulb shopping.jpg

Look For Lumens

In the past, light bulbs were based on how much energy they used. We called this “wattage.” But now, light bulbs are measured by how much light they give off and it makes more sense this way if you ask us.

A “lumen” is a measure of much light you’ll get out of a light bulb - the more lumens, the brighter the light.

The Conversions

If you’ve still got some older bulbs in your home that need to be replaced, here’s a quick guide converting watts to lumens, so you’ll know what to look for:

  • A 100 watt (W) incandescent bulb gives you about 1600 lumens.
  • A 75 watt (W) bulb gives you about 1100 lumens.
  • A 60W bulb gives you about 800 lumens.
  • A 40W bulb gives you about 450 lumens.

It’s also important to look on the package for the “Light Appearance,” or how warm or cool the light is. Additionally, check out the estimated yearly energy cost and the bulb’s lifespan so you can make the best possible decision.

Still have questions about how to choose the right light bulb? That’s where we come in! Contact the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric today - we’re more than happy to help! Call 215-512-4102 or drop us a message on Facebook!

About The Author

Bill earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and Architecture, then founded Generation 3 Electric in 2000. His father, an electrician, was his inspiration. These days, Bill actively manages his company and enjoys focusing on new technology and marketing.